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Amputations - 4,400 reasons to take diabetes seriously

Date posted: 12 July 2016

More than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations for all Australians are performed at Australian hospitals every year, most are preventable, and these contribute to the increasing cost of diabetes complications which threatens the long-term viability of Australia’s health system.

Diabetes Australia CEO, A/Professor, Greg Johnson, revealed the worrying statistic at the launch of National Diabetes Week in Melbourne yesterday.

'Australia’s health system is struggling to manage the growing burden of chronic disease, most notably type 2 diabetes, and the fact that there are more than 4,400 diabetes-related amputations in Australia every year as a result of diabetes underlines how critical this issue is,' A/Professor Johnson said.

'To put that in perspective - today around 12 people will undergo a diabetes-related amputation. Tomorrow - 12 more amputations.  Experts estimate that spending on diabetes-related amputations, and other costs related to diabetic foot disease, costs Australia around $875 million every single year,' Mr Johnson said.

'Worryingly, surveys show that the general public underestimates the seriousness of diabetes and most people aren’t aware of the connection between diabetes and amputations, he said.

Source: Diabetes Australia news

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Last updated: 12 July 2016
 
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